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Travers 'discriminated against pregnant trainee', tribunal hears
Sorry people but we need a dose of realism. Whilst it would be fantastic to say there is equality there simply isn't. As a woman in law I am realistic to know that as and when I decide to have children, my career will suffer. I won't be made up whilst I am pregnant/ on mat leave and my firm will not recognise the constraints of pregnancy vis a vis hours and maintaining contacts (where a lot of business will be done over alcohol). Unfair? Possibly. Still, I don't want positive discrimination or God forbid, an easy ride simply because I am a woman. I want to achieve on my own merits and if that means working that bit harder or juggling a few more basis than a make counterpart so be it. I have no idea about the circumstances here (and therefore can't comment either way really) but I would say that there seems to be a certain amount of naivety in play As a woman I understand the business decision of a firm who has invested a huge amount financially in a trainee who might want to cut their losses. Is that right? who knows? I guess it depends on whether there was a business reason to keep her on or to keep investing in her if actually she wasn't up to the job ( and that's not something I or anyone here probably knows with any certainty)
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